The Introductory Teaching Certificate
This certificate is required in order to teach general public classes, along with annual purchase of the certification Mark and teacher membership of IY(UK). Higher certificates are required before teaching individuals or specialised classes. NB Iyengar teachers must teach solely Iyengar method.
Our introductory teacher education and training course runs at weekends. The course year runs September to July and there are 12 seven hour sessions per year. Trainees are also expected to attend our annual retreat and at least one intensive per year, complete practical and written work between sessions and observe and later assist in beginners classes. Trainees must complete at least 140 hours of training before they can be put forward for assessment. This takes just over two years at least (and may take longer).
Places are limited as we keep our training group size small so you receive personal attention. The course is taught by Richard & Kirsten.
Our course is well established and successful having run since 2000 in Bath (prior to that in Bristol). We offer much more than the minimum requirements of IY(UK) in order that we can better prepare you for teaching and not only for assessments. You will receive personalised instruction and guidance in a small group and one to one tutorials. The course is mostly practical, focussing on learning to teach Iyengar Yoga (asana and pranayama) and including regular practice in teaching other trainees and volunteers. Also included are basic elements of anatomy, Sanskrit, Yoga philosophy and common ailments which you are likely to come across in classes, lesson planning and how to start up classes. There is a significant amount of self study involved and also self-motivated study (theoretical and practical).
The IY(UK) requires that all applicants must have regularly attended Iyengar Yoga classes for at least three years with a certificated Iyengar Yoga Teacher who is a member of the IY(UK) (or their own national association if abroad) and have a letter of recommendation from them. You must also be a member of IY(UK)
Trainees must complete four assignments during training (written and practical) and these must be passed by the trainer before they can be entered for formal IY(UK) assessment. There is also a written test paper marked by IY(UK). Formal assessment by IY(UK) of personal practice and teaching takes place at the end of the course in June/July from 2017.
Early booking is advised as these courses tend to be oversubscribed.
All teacher training fees are non-refundable.